the long, fibrous, aromatic roots of an East Indian grass, Vetiveria zizanioides, used for making hangings and screens and yielding an oil used in perfumery.
Also called khus-khus. the grass itself.
Origin of vetiver
First recorded in 1840–50, vetiver is from the Tamil word veṭṭivēr
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a tall hairless grass, Vetiveria zizanioides, of tropical and subtropical Asia, having aromatic roots and stiff long narrow ornamental leaves
the root of this plant used for making screens, mats, etc, and yielding a fragrant oil used in perfumery, medicine, etc
Word Origin for vetiver
C19: from French vétiver, from Tamil vettivẽru
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